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Hewitt Humphrey – “Radio before TV”

Hewitt HumphreyThe presence of well-known broadcaster Hewitt Humphrey drew a very good crowd at this week's meeting. Acknowledged by many as the "voice of New Zealand", Hewitt took us on an informative and humorous journey that wove his career and passion for language with the history of radio. We were treated to sound bites of old favourites such as "Dad and Dave", "Night Beat", "Life with Dexter" and "Hancock's Half Hour". Hewitt described his career in radio and television and encounters with the likes of Dudley Moore, Sue Pollard, Spike Milligan and many other household names. He outlined his keen interest in language, prounciation, the correct meeting of words and presentation standards, with a number of radio bloopers selected to illustrate what not to do as a radio presenter. Hewitt concluded that the future of radio lies in content delivery that is online, mobile and social.

Members' Spotlight

  • Welcome to Michael Kelly who was inducted as a member of the Club. Mike outlined his career as a plumber and gasfitter and his passion for English football, which had a happy outcome when he met his wife while having a spell in the UK.
  • Tony Heyward reported that an average $1000 per month has been raised this year for charitable purposes through the work of Rotarians and friends at the Stadium.

New World Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Carol Armstrong.

Parting thought

This week's parting thought from Gordon Mygind -

Lady Astor: "If I were married to you, I'd put poison in your coffee." Winston Churchill: "If I were married to you, I'd drink it."


17 Nov            Wellington Rotaract Quiz night – for Human and Hope Association

5-7 Dec           District Conference 2014

9 Dec              Community Services – Carols at the College

10-11 Dec     Community Services - Toot4Tucker street appeal

Register for Conference 2014

District 9940 has the privilege to be hosting this event, sanctioned by Rotary InternationaI. Exciting speaker line up, entertainment from the very young to the wonderful Dame Malvina Major telling her Rotary story and an evening at the TSB Arena with a 'Black and White' theme. Join your other District friends in Wellington December 5-7 in the Michael Fowler Centre.

A programme is available on line; and you can register now. More activities and speakers will be added. The Facebook page is

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PS: The next District 9940 Conference after this is not until May 2016 (no District Conference in calendar 2015)


Tuesday 11 November 2014

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